EUR/USD Endangered by Possible Bailout for Portugal


A bailout for Portugal is gaining traction – Germany and France are pushing Portugal to accept a bailout soon. There is a fresh report in Der Spiegel that says that the core countries of the Euro-zone joined forces and are weighing on Portugal. Will the Euro fall at the wake of the new week?

This come after the Portugal managed to raise 500 million euros in the fist auction for 2011, but at a very high cost – 3.686% for 6 month bills, a huge leap from the previous auction of 2.045% and unimaginably higher from just 0.59% a year earlier.

Portugal already marked as next domino

Portugal will try to raise 1.25 billion on Wednesday, January 12th. In the meantime, yields on ten-year notes, reached 7.13%, higher than Spain’s 5.50% (also worrying) and very far from the benchmark German bunds.

News about Portugal raising money “in private”, perhaps from the Chinese, already appeared late on Friday, and failed to cheer the Euro.

These higher costs of money are the reason for a fresh effort to force a bailout, that Portugal doesn’t want. Portugal’s prime minister, Jose Socrates, insisted that the fiscal changes are taking Portugal in the right direction. But many economists say that a bailout is imminent:

“At this stage, it is no longer a question of whether, after Greece and Ireland, Portugal will get help, but when it will,” said Filipe Silva, bond strategist at Carregosa bank.

Portugal was marked as the next domino after Greece and Ireland.

EUR/USD – More falls as markets open?

The Euro had a terrible start to 2011, it fell almost 500 pips, losing critical support at 1.2970. It didn’t even manage to gain against the dollar on the weak US Non-Farm Payrolls.

With the report on a possible bailout during the weekend, EUR/USD could open even lower, perhaps with a Sunday gap. But a weekend gap isn’t that certain, as the Portuguese auction results were already known last week and so was the talk of private money raising.

With all the news about Portugal, it will be interesting to see if Der Spiegel’s report about a bailout, the only news on the weekend, will push the Euro down.

Update: Portugal denies asking for aid. Sounds too familiar to the Irish case…

For a roundup of European events that will move the Euro, and a technical analysis for EUR/USD, see the Euro/Dollar forecast.

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  3. this is just rumours, no official sources have said anything related to this, the press is making it up, it is the press trying to pressure Portugal to take a bailout not the other way around. Just stop this

  4. Thanks for your comment Pedro. You’re right – there’s nothing official regarding a bailout. And the press might be putting pressure on Portugal to take a bailout.
    Rumors tend to rock currencies no less than facts, sometimes even more. So, if this rumor has a chance to move the Euro.

  5. NewstraderFX on

    According to people like Simon Johnson, Nouriel Roubini and William Buiter, Portugal is indeed insolvent and will require a bail out just as Greece and Ireland did.

    Technically, the EU cannot force a country to take one-all they can do is “pressure” a country to ask, which is exactly what happened with Ireland.

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  7. Thanks for the info. You write great articles that provide very useful info. It helps out much in confirming what I see from my observations.

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  9. Lorne Marr on

    Maybe China will reach out a helping hand again since the Chinese leaders expressed their intention to buy a part of the Spanish debt in Spanish government bonds.

  10. The Chinese indeed showed support for Greece, Spain and Portugal, but it didn’t seem to help.

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